THROUGH THE DECADES: For the week of June 22

Headline stories pulled from past issues of the Goldstream News Gazette

The 40-year anniversary of Savory elementary is celebrated, West Shore RCMP ask for help with a missing persons cold case, a Langford baby is delivered by his grandmother on a sidewalk and a domestic dispute leads to gunshots, all these and others are among the headline stories pulled from past issues of the Goldstream News Gazette for the week of June 22.



Scrambling down a ravine and crossing the E & N rail line to get to Savory elementary was a risky rite of passage for students in the late 1960s. But as Savory celebrates its 40th year, thankfully much has changed. Over those four decades the school has added a library, a computer lab, a larger gym, a second storey and a bridge for safer access to the school.

Also making news the week of June 22, 2006:

The families of two young women missing since 1973 appeal to the public for information that could lead to answers in this cold case. Carmen Robinson, 17 at the time, stepped off a transit bus at Burnside Road West, not far from her Colwood home, and has not been heard from since. She was last seen walking towards Helmcken Road in December 1973, with Marilynne Neill, who also disappeared.

West Shore RCMP join the appeal for any information on this unsolved case.


A proposed regional smoking ban proves to be a hot issue for local representatives on the Capital Regional District board, some of whom say the issue isn’t just black and white. For director and Langford Coun. Denise Blackwell, however, the issue crosses personal lines, because both her parents died of smoking-related causes. Regardless whether municipalities support the ban, if the CRD board votes in favour of it, the ban would go into effect everywhere in the CRD.

Also making news the week of June 22, 1996:

There wasn’t so much as a buzz at Langford municipal council’s anti-hemp hearing. Hemp advocate and hopeful business owner Norm Cholette arrives 15 minutes after the hearing considering a ban on the sale of cannabis in any form ended, launches into a speech and becomes angry when he is interrupted. “You guys are communists,” he said. Langford Coun. John Crook reminded Cholette that the hearing was closed, when Cholette said, “There’s a lot in a name, Mr. Crook.”

And, Erik Theodorus Weiczorkowski will have a bit of explaining to do when asked where he was born, after his grandmother Margaret Livingstone delivers the baby boy on a sidewalk outside his parents’ Langford home at 3 a.m. Darryn Plouffe called his mother, Livingston, for a ride to hospital after his pregnant partner, Dianna went into contractions at 1:30. As the pregnant woman walked to the car wrapped in a huge comforter, a final contraction pushes the baby’s head out, leading Livingston to go to work. She swings Plouffe’s legs around and holds the baby’s head as the newborn emerges. By the time two ambulances arrive, baby Erik, weighing just over nine pounds, is nestled on his mother’s stomach.



A court case in which a Sooke district elementary school teacher is being tried on four counts of sexually assaulting young boys comes to a sudden end, when the defendant takes his own life. Anthony Stratford, 35, dies only two days after his first court appearance for the crime, leaving behind a rambling tape recording in which he said goodbye.

Also making news the week of June 22, 1986:

Four gunshots ring out in a Langford neighbourhood, bringing a domestic argument to a frightening climax. Colwood RCMP race to a residence at 2811 Jacklin Rd. after an unidentified caller claims a domestic dispute has resulted in gunplay. Six officers block the streets, removing one neighbour from his home and clearing people from nearby shops and parking lots.

After a negotiation they convince the gunman to surrender, without further incident. There were no injuries in the incident and the man is later charged with careless and dangerous use of a firearm and assault with a weapon.

– Compiled by Arnold Lim

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